Strong Evidence Emerges That Dell Will Release a Smartphone This Fall

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Just about a week after Dell quietly stopped selling its last Axim handheld, there is word that this company will begin offering a smartphone before the end of this year.

Citing "industry sources," DigiTimes is reporting that Quanta is putting together a Windows Mobile device that will be released under the Dell brand.

Development has supposedly just begun on this model, so it’s too early to say much about what its feature set will be. Still, the device is expected to run Windows Mobile 6 Professional (the new name for Pocket PC phones) and support the 3G cellular wireless networking standard HSDPA. An integrated keyboard is also a possibility.

The release of Dell’s first smartphone will reportedly come sometime during the last three months of this year

A Change in OEMs?

If this unconfirmed report is correct, it will mean that Dell has changed the company it turns to to create its mobile devices.

For the past few years, HTC was in charge of the hardware on the Axim line of handhelds. But, as mentioned earlier, Dell is no longer offering any of these products.

The company may have turned to Quanta because it is the largest producer of Dell-branded laptops, and has experience making smartphones for companies like HP.

In addition, it seems HTC is starting to move away of producing mobile devices for other companies and instead releasing models under its own brand.

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